Lepanthes scopula Schltr 1912

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Moises Behar

Paler version

Photo by © Miguel Soto

Full shade WarmCool springfall

Common Name The Small Twig Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in montane rainforests, elfin forests and thickets at elevations of 1000 meters to 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect stems enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, ovate-elliptic to elliptic, abruptly attenuate-apiculate apically, tridenticualte, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall 1 to 8, arising on the back of the leaf, filiform, terete, 1/2 to 1.2" [1.2 to 2.7 cm] long, successively few, to 28 flowered inflorescence

Very similar to L quetzalensis but it differs in the much more distichous inflorescence the wider at one end lip shape and colors of the sepals and petals, as well as earlier bloom time.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 12(1). JULIO 1990 drawing/photo fide; El género Lepanthes Sw. en México. Salazar & Soto 1996 drawing/photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 605 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018